Style and GTX Style join Volkswagen’s all-electric ID.5 range and gives a slight bump in range
Volkswagen has tweaked its all-electric Volkswagen ID.5 coupe-SUV model line-up with two new trim levels: Style and GTX Style. Style is now the cheapest version of the ID.5 and is available with all three ID.5 powertrains.
With the inclusion of Style guise, the starting price for the ID.5 has dropped from £50,550 to £49,735. As you’d expect, it does without a few features of the more expensive models but it still gets a heat pump, three-pin mains charging cable, a trailer hitch and VW’s ‘Infotainment Package Plus’ which adds a head-up display along with a Dynaudio digital sound package and subwoofer. The exterior tweaks remain minimal – the 19-inch ‘Hamar’ wheels are standard, as is the Moonstone Grey paint.
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The Style model also gets the same 77kWh battery as the rest of the line-up, allowing for a slightly higher maximum 316-mile range over the previous 313 miles. Charging tops out at 135kW, which means the ID.5 can recharge 80 per cent in 29 minutes via a rapid charger.
Three power options are available with the Style, starting with the 171bhp Pro, rising through the 201bhp Pro Performance and finishing with the most powerful GTX Style. All sit on the same MEB electric vehicle platform as other ID models, including the ID.4 and ID.3.
The entry-level ID.5 Style Pro can accelerate from 0-60mph in 10.4 seconds and carry on to a top speed of 99mph. The Style Pro Performance can get from 0-60mph in 8.4 seconds and on to the same top speed of 99mph. It can also cover 316 miles on a charge and has a starting price of £51,210.
The GTX Style model offers up 294bhp and all-wheel drive, giving it a 0-60mph time of 6.3 seconds and a top speed of112mph. The extra performance reduces the range, at a quoted WLTP figure of 300 miles – 16 miles less than the cheapest variant.
Two other trim levels are available, called Tech and Max. Tech is offered with the 171bhp in Tech Pro guise and 201bhp in Tech Pro Performance, where Max can be had with any of the three battery packs.
Mid-level Max trim adds a set of 20-inch ‘Drammen’ alloy wheels, Top-Sport ‘Plus’ seats and the Sports Package Plus, which incorporates Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) with Driving Profile Selection and progressive steering. The ID.5 Max and GTX Max also have an energy-efficient heat pump, to save as much battery power as possible.
At the top of the range is the GTX Max – the second Volkswagen to wear the new GTX badge after the ID.4 GTX. It receives lowered suspension and upgraded brakes, but buyers can also specify Volkswagen’s Dynamic Chassis Control adaptive dampers as an optional extra. Exterior changes include sportier-looking bumpers, 20-inch alloy wheels, and contrast colours for the roof frame and C-pillar.
Inside, the GTX features exclusive seat upholstery with red contrast stitching, dark blue leatherette door panels, GTX-branded door sill protectors and GTX logos on the steering wheel and digital screens. The GTX Max starts at £58,640 which makes it the most expensive ID. model currently on sale.
The Volkswagen ID.5 coupe-SUV is now available to order in the UK, with prices starting from £49,735, which puts it directly up against rivals such as the Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback and Kia EV6.
The VW ID.5’s width, length and wheelbase all remain the same as its ID.4 sibling. The sporty coupe body has been designed to broaden the appeal of the firm’s ID. line-up and capitalise on the booming coupe-SUV market. Like the ID.3 and ID.4, the new ID.5 will be built at Volkswagen’s plant in Zwickau.
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One of the benefits of the new body style is slightly improved aerodynamics, which has increased the car’s maximum range compared with the ID.4 – albeit only slightly. The slipperiest ID.5 has a drag coefficient of just 0.26Cd, which is why it’s capable of covering more ground on a single charge.
Unusually for a coupe-SUV, Volkswagen has also managed to make the ID.5’s boot a little bigger than its ID.4 sibling’s – at least up to the level of the parcel shelf. There are 549 litres of space, six litres more than in the ID.4.
Q&A with Peter Kohorst
Product Manager for the Volkswagen ID.
Q: How will Volkswagen position the ID.5 in comparison with the ID.4?
A: “Well, it’s the top positioning regarding the ID. portfolio. And we’ve implemented a higher quality as standard for the interior in comparison to the ID.4.”
Q: What’s the price difference between the ID.5 and the ID.4?
A: “We are still working that out, but it will be a little higher than the ID.4. But you have to take into account that the ID.5 is only available with the big battery – 77kWh instead of the 52kWh battery [in the entry-level ID.4], which lowers the price-point.
“So if you compare prices in the future, you have to compare with the ID.4 Pro Performance, which also gets 77kWh power. But it will be positioned a bit higher. The price is not yet fixed, but we expect it’ll be €2,000–€3,000 more.”
Q: A big part of Volkswagen’s aim for the ID.5 is for every car to reach the customer carbon neutral. Could you talk us through that process?
A: “We are trying to focus and even erase the engagement we’re doing in the environmental situation. We analysed how much CO2 was created in the production of the car and battery, and we support projects [that offset] the same amount that we use for the production.
“We also collaborate with energy companies that only offer energy in a CO2-neutral way, like solar and wind. And we have some plants which are powered by wind energy.
“The customer is also able to use the car in a CO2-neutral way. In Europe we have a daughter company, you could say, called Elli which provides you with a wallbox for your home, but also with energy that’s completely CO2-neutral. And it’s coming to the UK soon.”
Q: Has there been a call from the consumer for Volkswagen to produce its cars in a more sustainable manner? Or is it just a challenge the company has assumed?
A: “I think it’s both. For sure, more and more customers are aware of environmental damages and climate change and are asking for solutions. But also, we as a company want to raise the engagement and make the right products, while always bearing in mind that climate change has to be stopped. Mobility should be environmentally friendly.”
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